The world of combat has always been a male dominated niche in the world of sport, however, with big names such as Ronda Rousey (UFC), Nichola Adams (Olympic Gold Medalist in boxing) and many others giving the guys a run for their money, it’s safe to say that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is being taken over by beauties. In this series of articles we’ll run down 10 of the best women in BJJ today.
It would be fair to say that Leticia Ribeiro is an actual legend in the world of female grappling. Six time World Champion, two time Nogi champion and Pan American Champion, Leticia is the leader in one of the most dominant female teams in BJJ history, Gracie Humaita. Leticia announced her retirement from competitive BJJ in 2009, but the competitor in her needed one last taste of glory, when in 2012 when she stepped on the mats again to become world champion.
One of the first big female stars in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, known for “that picture”, which was thusly ruined by Daniel Strauss, Kyra is no slouch on the Mats either. The 3 time ADCC Champion has a string of gold medals to her name, including multiple world champion titles and Pan American titles. The Carlos Gracie Jr black belt grew up with her uncles Ralph, Ryan and Renzo Gracie, so you know she’s an absolute killer.
Michelle Nicolini is one of the worlds most decorated female BJJ fights, the 10 time world champions has a lot to be proud of in her career. In 2016 Michelle announced her retirement from competitive BJJ to concentrate on her MMA career. Michelle now trains and teaches Singapore at Evolve MMA. Michelle’s current pro MMA record is 2-1, and she looks to have a bright future ahead of her!
Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of the series.
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